- JerryRigEverything has subjected the OnePlus Nord to a durability test.
- There appear to be a few sacrifices in the design, including its ability to bend under severe stress.
- The materials also arenâ€™t quite as premium as they look.
The OnePlus Nord offers quite a lot of phone for the money, but there appear to have been a few sacrifices to design in the name of that coveted sub-$500 price.
JerryRigEverything (aka Zack Nelson) has put the Nord through a durability test that shows just where the device falls short. Most notably, the frame is a relative weak point. Itâ€™s plastic, despite the metallic look, and Nelson managed to not only snap the frame during his customary bending test, but break the phone outright.
That doesnâ€™t happen with â€œmostâ€� tested phones, Nelson said, although he stressed that he was subjecting the phone to abnormal amounts of pressure. It shouldnâ€™t snap in your pocket, then, but youâ€™ll want to avoid particularly rough situations if you donâ€™t have a hard phone case. Weâ€™ve asked OnePlus for comment on the test.
There are a handful of other concerns. While the display glass held up reasonably well (it didnâ€™t break even when the underlying screen did), itâ€™s made from Gorilla Glass 5 and could scratch more easily than newer, stronger formulas. Youâ€™ll also want to avoid high sustained heat if you want to protect the AMOLED screen, much like you do with other phones.
Nelson maintained that the Nord is still a â€œgood phone,â€� and that durability is just one factor to consider when youâ€™re making a purchase. All the same, the test is a reminder that lower-cost handsets frequently involve a few design compromises. Itâ€™s just a matter of where those compromises are, and whether or not they affect everyday use. Youâ€™ll probably be fine with the Nord â€” just be aware of its limitations.